Verify your domain with a meta tag
Adding a meta tag to the <head> section of your website's homepage is is one way to verify domain ownership and activate Google Apps for your domain. In the Admin console, you copy a meta tag, which is the verification code. We verify that you pasted the meta tag to your website’s homepage. A meta tag is invisible to visitors on your site, so it won’t affect the way your website looks or works.
What you need
You need the ability to add the meta tag to your domain’s public homepage, which looks like http://yourdomain.com. The website must be available at your naked domain, which means it doesn’t have www in the URL. For example, http://yourdomain.com is a naked domain, but http://www.yourdomain.com is not. In addition, the homepage HTML file must be publicly available and not limited to your corporate network.
If you don’t have a website for your domain or can’t edit your website’s homepage, you can use another verification method.
If you don’t see the Verify Domain button at the top of the Admin console, or if you’re adding an additional domain to your Apps account, follow these instructions to access the meta tag you need to add:
- From the Admin console dashboard, click Domains.
If you don't see Domains on your dashboard, click More controls. Where is it?
- Click Add/remove domains.
- Next to the domain you need to verify, click Activate domain to open the Google Apps Setup Wizard.
- Click the Alternate Methods tab and select the HTML tag option.
You add a meta tag to your site's home page by modifying a file on your domain's web server. If you're not sure how to do this, contact the person who manages your site for help.
The meta tag must be added to your website's homepage HTML, and this page must be available at your naked domain. Your naked domain is your domain minus the www in the URL. For example, http://your_domain.com is a naked domain, but http://www.your_domain.com is not. Also, the homepage HTML file must be publicly available and not limited to your corporate network.
- Copy the meta tag from the Setup Wizard and leave the Admin console browser window open.
- Open your website homepage HTML file using any text or HTML editor.
- Paste the meta tag into the <head> section before the first <body> section. The Setup Wizard has an example of where to place the meta tag in your HTML file.
- Save your HTML file and upload it to your web server, overwriting the previous homepage file.
- Open a new browser window and go to your website's homepage.
- Choose the appropriate menu item in your browser to view the HTML source of your homepage. It may be called View page source, View HTML, or something similar.
- Look in the <head> section of the HTML source to confirm that your Google meta tag is there.
- Return to the Admin console browser window that has the verification instructions.
- Click Verify domain and email setup or Verify. This prompts Google to check for the meta tag on your website's homepage. After we find the tag, we'll activate service for your domain.
It might take up to an hour for Google to verify your domain. If we don't find the tag immediately, we'll keep checking for it periodically.
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